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Commemorated on December 22nd

Holy Great Martyr Anastasia, the Deliverer from Potions

Anastasia the Great Martyr 22nd Dec

St Anastasia, who was from Rome, was a most comely, wealthy, and virtuous maiden, the daughter of Praepextatus and Fausta. It was her mother who instructed her in the Faith of Christ. The Saint was joined to a man named Publius Patricius, who was prodigal in life and impious in disposition, but she was widowed after a short time. Henceforth, she went about secretly to the dwellings of the poor and the prisons where the Martyrs of Christ were, and brought them whatever was needed for their daily subsistence. She washed their wounds and loosed them from their fetters, and consoled them in their anguish. In addition, because the Saint, through her intercessions, has healed many from the ill effects of spells, potions, poisons, and other harmful substances, she has received the name "Deliverer from Potions". Since the fame of her deeds had spread about, she was arrested by Diocletian's minions, and after enduring many torments she was put to death by fire in the year 290 AD.

Dismissal Hymn of the Forefeast

Be ready Bethlehem, Eden has opened to all. Ephratha, prepare yourself, for now, behold, the Tree of life has blossomed forth in the cave from the holy Virgin. Her womb has proved a true spiritual Paradise, wherein the divine and saving Tree is found, and as we eat thereof we shall all live, and shall not die as did Adam. For Christ is born now to raise the image that had fallen aforetime.

Dismissal of the Martyr

Joseph was amazed

O Lord Jesus, unto You Your lamb cries with a great voice: O my Bridegroom, You I love; and seeking You, I now contest, and with Your baptism am crucified and buried. I suffer for Your sake, that I may reign with You; for You sake I die, that I may live in You: accept me offered out of longing to You as a spotless sacrifice. Lord, save our souls through her intercessions, since You are great in mercy.

Kontakion of the Forefeast

Be ready Bethlehem, Eden has opened to all. Ephratha, prepare yourself, for now, behold, the Tree of life has blossomed forth in the cave from the holy Virgin. Her womb has proved a true spiritual Paradise, wherein the divine and saving Tree is found, and as we eat thereof we shall all live, and shall not die as did Adam. For Christ is born now to raise the image that had fallen aforetime.

Kontakion of the Marty

You sought the heights

When they that are found in trials and adversities flee unto your church, O Anastasia, they receive the august and wondrous gifts of divine grace which abides in you; for at all times, O Saint of God, you pour forth streams of healings for the world.


Chrysogonos, Theodota, Evodias, & Eutychianus, the Martyrs